Saturday, August 31, 2019

Franklin Public Library September 2019 News and Events for Adults!

Franklin Public Library September 2019 

News and Events for Adults!

Library Hours
The Franklin Public Library will be closed Monday, September 2nd  for Labor Day. The Library's regular hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, 1:30-5:00 p.m. Sunday hours will resume after Labor Day on September 8th.

The Julian Gerstin Sextet, Wednesday, September 4, 7:00 p.m.
The Julian Gerstin Sextet reimagines Caribbean musical traditions for a border-crossing world. Rhythmic drive from a battery of unusual percussion instruments combines with lyrical melodies and jazz sophistication. To see videos of the group, please visit
Now in its fifth year, the Sextet has performed throughout New England. We have released two CDs, described as "uproarious and jubilant … sweet and strong like sugarcane" (DeeDee McNeil, and "dynamic and lively" (Dick Metcalf, Contemporary Fusion Reviews). Our 2018 CD release, The Old City, received extensive radio airplay in Latin America and on US college radio (Top 100, 2018).
Julian Gerstin (PhD, MFA) is an ethnomusicologist, percussionist and composer. He has performed Caribbean music for over forty years, conducted research in Martinique and Cuba, published numerous academic articles, and taught at Wesleyan, Clark, and San José State Universities. He is President of the Board of Directors of the Vermont Jazz Center.
The Sextet's other members live in southeastern Vermont and Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley, and include Anna Patton, clarinet; Don Anderson, trumpet; Eugene Uman, piano; Wes Brown, bass; and Ben James, drum set. Between them they have worked with a stellar array of musicians: Bo Diddley, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Sheila Jordan, Olatunji, Bobby Sanabria, Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Davis, Marilyn Crispell, Ed Blackwell, Sonny Fortune, and many others.
The Julian Gerstin Sextet is a member of Creative Ground, New England Foundation for the Arts' select list of regional touring performance groups, and Julian is registered with NEFA as a teacher and workshop leader.

Foreign Film Night, Tuesday, September 10, 6:30 p.m.
8 1/2 (1963). Italian.
Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido Anselmi, a director whose new project is collapsing around him, along with his life. One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 (Otto e mezzo) turns one man's artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema. An early working title for 8 1/2 was "The Beautiful Confusion," and Fellini's masterpiece is exactly that: a shimmering dream, a circus, and a magic act.
Winner of two Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Costume Design (Black and White), and consistently placed in The British Film Institute's Sight & Sound critics' and directors' poll of the ten greatest films of all time.

Closing the Garden with Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens, Monday, September 16, 6:30 p.m.
While the end of the season can be depressing, it's also the best time to get a jump start on the following year.  We'll explore pruning, seed saving, mulching, and composting

Interview Preparation, Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 p.m.
Senior Employment Specialist Gary Gekow will lead an interactive and informal question and answer session where participants role-play typical interview questions and how best to answer them. The seminar also includes ways to avoid job candidates' most common interview mistakes.

Hearing Loss Support, Products, Services, and Information Seminar
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Hearing help is becoming more financially accessible!
Noise-induced hearing loss and age-related hearing loss are becoming more common. In this seminar you will learn about access to hearing aids and assistive technology as well as hearing support services that are becoming more accessible and financially available. 
Hearing Loss is "The Invisible Loss". There are products and services to assist you.  Addressing hearing loss early is important for overall health, well-being, and brain health. Learn about new FDA regulation changes that may make hearing-help financially accessible to more people. Find out how to set realistic expectations for hearing aids, based on your particular needs, and learn of other inexpensive technology to supplement hearing aid functioning. Anyone currently experiencing any stage of hearing loss and individuals who care for friends or family members struggling with the challenges associated with hearing loss is welcome to attend. This program is presented by the Franklin Senior Center in corporation with the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA).

Self Care Series, Wednesdays, September 18 & 25, October 2, 9, 16, & 23, 6:30 p.m.
Professional Life Coach Bethany Amatucci will lead a six-week Self Care Series to help you on the journey to living your best life! These classes are free and open to the public. No registration is required.
Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 p.m., Time management and making yourself a priority
If you ever feel like there's not enough hours in the day, or days in the week, this night is for you! We will cover several tips for managing your time that will help you to make the most of each day and still have time for you and your family! You will leave here feeling empowered and capable of managing your time in a more efficient manner.
Wednesday, September 25, 6:30 p.m., Living a confident life: Learning to love yourself as you are
The focus this week will be on self-respect, self-love, and positive self-talk. These are all important aspects for becoming empowered to squash your insecurities and live your most courageous life! It is my desire that you leave this workshop with a new found admiration for yourself.

The Four Billion Year Story with Eamon McCarthy Earls, Thursday, September 19, 6:30 p.m.
Have you wondered what's beneath your feet right now? With the latest research on rocks and climate, audiences will have a chance to discover the four billion year story of your community from the dawn of life to our rapidly changing modern world.
Eamon McCarthy Earls is the author of more than a dozen regional histories about Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and southern New England as a whole. To date, he has delivered over 200 presentations to audiences at libraries, historical societies, museums, senior centers and business groups. In addition to his background as a writer and presenter, he is also a trained geologist.

Mixed Media Journal Workshop, Sunday, September 22, 3:00 p.m.
Artist Jacqueline Volpe will lead a Mixed Media Art Journal Workshop where participants can learn how to repurpose and alter discarded books to use as an art or writing journal. No experience is necessary. This workshop is suitable for adults and young adults. This class is free, and there is a limit of 15 participants. Please contact Assistant Library Director Kim Shipala at or 508-520-4941 to register.

Quizzy E Trivia Night, Monday, September 23, 6:30 p.m.
It's time for Trivia Night at the Franklin Public Library hosted by the mysterious Quizzy E! Test your knowledge of history, geography, science, literature, sports, entertainment, and more! This program is free and open to the public.

Documentary Film Night, Tuesday, September 24, 6:30 p.m.
Loving Vincent (2018).
In the first fully painted feature film, 2018 Oscar-nominated LOVING VINCENT tells the story of the mysterious and tragic death of the world's most famous artist, Vincent van Gogh. Featuring the voices of Saoirse Ronan and Chris O'Dowd.
Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2018 Academy Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, and the BAFTA Awards.

Genealogy club, Thursday, September 26, 6:30 p.m.
Verifying the Information You Find Online, presented by Marian Pierre-Louis.
When we have brick walls and other challenging puzzles, we search anywhere for clues that can help us.That can include online trees and other information with unknown sources.This presentation will demonstrate how to verify the information as true or not.

Tales from a Reluctant World Traveler with Randy Ross, Tuesday, October 1, 7:00 p.m.
Sixteen weeks, four continents, three bungee jumps, and Randy Ross couldn't come home soon enough. This is the story of how a Boston homebody turned a solo trip around the globe into a comedy novel and an acclaimed one-man show. The 1.5-hour, multimedia event includes a humorous travel slide show, readings from his novel God Bless Cambodia and performances from his show The Chronic Single's Handbook. This talk is free and open to the public.

Zentangle 101 and 102
Wednesdays, September 11 & 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Zentangle 101, Wednesday, September 11, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. We call these patterns, tangles. You create tangles with combinations of dots, lines, simple curves, S-curves and orbs. These simple shapes are the "Elemental Strokes" in all Zentangle art. These patterns are drawn on small pieces of paper called "tiles." We call them tiles because you can assemble them into mosaics.

Zentangle art is non-representational and unplanned so you can focus on each stroke and not worry about the result. You don't need to know what a tangle is going to look like to draw it. You just need to know the steps. The result is a delightful surprise. The classes are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Zentangle 102, Wednesday, September 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
In Zentangle 102 we will continue to create beautiful images building on what we have learned in our previous Zentangle class. As we learn new tangles, we will put them together in creative ways to either create our own mosaic consisting of multiple tiles put together to make a whole or work on a larger surface. We will also discuss enjoyable ways to continue practicing our Zentangle journey on our own.

Franklin Public Library Book Club, September 24, 7:00 p.m.
The book for discussion is The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin. A limited number of copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Assistant Library Director Kim Shipala at .

Knitting Group, Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Love to knit or crochet? Join our group of local fiber artists who will be meeting in the Friends of the Franklin Community Room on Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Franklin Library Book Sale
Friday, September 20, 1:00-5:00 p.m.  Saturday, September 21, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon.
All books are just one dollar!
Bag Sale - $5 A Bag—Saturday, September 21, from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Come fill a brown bag with all the books you can!

Franklin Public Library September 2019 News and Events for Adults!
Franklin Public Library September 2019 News and Events for Adults!

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